PwC has expanded its Southampton practice based in Ocean Village with two new partner admissions and three director appointments.
Alan Gasser becomes a tax partner and Stephanie Edenborough has been admitted as a partner to risk assurance. Alison Dunwoody, Sophie Murton and Katie Griffin have been promoted to director level within in assurance.
In addition, there are 10 newly-promoted senior managers and eight new manager promotions in the Southampton office where the firm is also actively recruiting for graduates and A-Level school leavers to join the practice.
Julian Gray, office senior partner, commented: “These promotions underline our commitment to invest in Southampton and grow our business in the regions. We believe that it’s vital to continue investment in our people so we have the right level of expertise and experience in place to deliver value to our clients.
“Congratulations to all of our promotions this year on their achievements.
“To further reinforce our track record of rapid market growth across over the last couple of years, Nick Smith, assurance partner has returned to the Southampton office. In addition, assurance partner Nick Jones, previously in Gatwick, joins Southampton to help lead our private business growth strategy across the South East region.”
Across the UK, PwC announced 54 new equity partner appointments, an increase from 31 last year. The new partners represent a diverse range of backgrounds, with more people who didn’t attend university, who work on a part-time basis, and are from an ethnically-diverse background moving into senior positions.
Over a quarter (26%) of the new partners are female, up from 19% last year. This takes the overall gender diversity of PwC UK’s partnership to 19.4%, a slight increase from 18.5% last year. The pipeline of females coming through into senior roles is strong – 40% of the newly promoted directors are female.
Kevin Ellis, chairman and senior partner at PwC, said that 30% of the new partners are based outside of London, reflecting PwC’s commitment to the regions: “In order to help our clients solve their biggest problems we need people with a broad range of skills, backgrounds and experiences. That’s exactly what our new partners represent. Our investment in new partners this year reflects the increasing demand from our clients for technology expertise, and for people with diverse thinking and industry experience.”